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Stainless Steel University

Stainless Steel University is offered by Penn Stainless Products to keep manufacturers informed about stainless steel products and processing. We focus on general stainless steel information and training, and we introduce concepts that enable manufacturers to realize efficiencies and cost savings in their procurement of stainless materials.

Upcoming Events:

Virtual Training Session
Technical Overview – PM2000 Machining Bar
Thursday, July 23rd
11:00AM – 12:00 Noon

Our next SSU event will be a technical overview of our PM2000 bar products. PM2000 is our proprietary grade of machining bar that, in many applications, increases feeds & speeds, reduces tool wear, and saves customers money. We have partnered up with Outokumpu, our mill supplier of stainless steel PM2000 (round bar, hex bar and square bar) to offer this free online training seminar. We will cover:

· Comparing PM2000 304/L and 316/L to common varieties
· Best applications where PM2000 bar can increase value
· Case studies that will demonstrate cost savings

About our speaker: Michael DeVoss is metallurgist and machining assistance engineer at Outokumpu. He performs in-house machinability testing on various stainless steel grades and provides technical support for machine shops.

Click Here to Register: July 23rd

Current Course Catalog:

Foundation Classes:

  • Stainless Steel Basics – Learn about stainless steel grades, compare product forms, and review general stainless steel specifications. This class provides specific recommendations on how to avoid purchasing “miscommunications” between manufacturers and metal service centers.
  • Strategies to Reduce Stainless Steel Manufacturing Costs – Participants will learn specific strategies to reduce their stainless steel fabrication costs. Specific cost-cutting strategies are offered for plate, bar and structural products. Case studies are provided demonstrating cost-saving opportunities.
  • Penn Stainless Products Inventory & Processing Overview – This class is dedicated to the specific inventory and processing capabilities that are unique to Penn Stainless Products. Processing overview of saw cutting, plasma cutting, shearing, laser cutting, waterjet cutting and more will be covered.


Special Topics:

  • Love Your Stainless – Increase the longevity of Stainless Fabrication in the Field – This session explores corrosion and its effects on stainless steels. We identify best practices to mitigate corrosion in the fab shop and in the field. Case studies are provided. This is great workshop for your manufacturing team.
  • Improving the Machinability of Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is a challenge to machine. This session explores the materials that are available to improve machinability, increase feeds and speeds, and reduce total machining costs. We compare price points between “common” stainless steel products with products that are engineered specifically for machining applications.
  • Understanding Stainless Steel Plate Processing Options – There are a multitude of stainless steel plate processing options available. Plate saw cutting, laser cutting, waterjet cutting, plasma cutting, machine cutting, and more. This program compares cutting tolerances, nesting and costs, and reviews which stainless steel grades are suitable for each cutting option.
  • Understanding Stainless Steel Surcharges – Stainless steel alloy surcharges adjust each month depending on the global commodities market. This session explains the main components driving stainless steel surcharges and explores some of the economic reasons that could impact the stainless surcharges. This session is updated to include recent and current surcharge information for stainless grades such as 304/L, 316/L, Duplex 2205 and more.